Reviews of The Nocturne Diaries


“Even the darkest moments here are warmed by a genuine compassion for the lost souls who sometimes populate her stories, and a very real concern for the world we all live in is woven through every tune… Whether she looks into darkness or light, Eliza Gilkyson’s vision is impressive, and she’s given us another remarkable glimpse at her gifts as a vocalist and songwriter on The Nocturne Diaries.” ~ All Music Guide

“Gilkyson’s first in three years … is beautiful. Night-time songs, haunting lullabies, a backporch love song, plus folk-Americana that makes you think of Lucinda Williams at her most tender.” **** (4 stars) ~ MOJO

“… a shimmering album that sounds just as impressive in the daylight as in the darkness that inspired it.” ~ American Songwriter Magazine

“While her tone is hopeful, she doesn’t ignore the reality of the material world and its limits. She is fearless and fearful at the same time, as the way she sings and the words she croons contradict each other in a Whitmanian manner. She too contains multitudes.” ~ PopMatters

“Quite simply, this is a subjectively diverse cornucopia of nocturnal musical delights from Eliza Gilkyson.” *****(5) ~ Maverick Magazine

“Her vocals, as always, are a marvel of emotional precision and intelligence. Gilkyson does not disappoint.” ~

“The Nocturne Diaries is as much about the darkness in the middle of the night as it is about getting through to night’s end. It’s a journey album that wrestles with some of life’s greatest questions, pays tribute to her family and heroes, and discovers what ultimately matters most.” ~ Folk Alley

“The Nocturne Diaries is as deeply satisfying and transcendent as any record she’s ever made — including such high-water marks as her 2000 masterpiece Hard Times in Babylon and 2005’s exquisite Paradise Hotel. ” ~ Lone Star Music Review

“A combination of gravity and grace… Her writing is poetry, something that most songwriters strive for but not so many actually achieve. The strength of her lyrics and music help set the work apart.”  ~ Buddy Magazine

“Her string of nine albums recorded for Red House Records since 2000, including the trio album Red Horse, serve as a testament to her consistency and the magnitude of her talents as a vocalist, songwriter, and instrumentalist. If this were a competition, these albums would stand alongside and surpass those recorded over a similar period of time by Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams, and John Hiatt. Yeah, she’s that danged good.” ~ The Lonesome Road Review

“Drawing on elements of folk, country and Americana, Gilkyson, like contemporaries Shawn Colvin, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, demonstrates that the craft of songwriting, intelligent and lasting, is ultimately in the hands of those who can not only turn out a compelling second album, but five, or ten, or with this Grammy-nominated performer, over twenty.” ~ Direct Current Music

“Beloved local singer-songwriter, Eliza Gilkyson has just released her new album, The Nocturne Diaries and is captivating listeners yet again with intimate, heartfelt folk stories…” ~ KUTX Music Archive

“Essential and sublime”  ~ UNCUT, April 2014

“Texas-based singer-songwriter Eliza Gilkyson encompasses dark and light in her first album in three years. From the environmental warning of “The Ark” to the hopeful “Touchstone,” Gilkyson digs deep and sings beautifully.” ~ More Magazine

“…a warm and subtly hued tapestry of sound” **** (4 stars) ~ R2 (Rock’n’Reel) Magazine